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Different Kinds Of Honey
Did You Know There Are Over 300 Different Types Of Honey
Article By Sharon Stajda
Did you know that the taste and the color of honey can be greatly different, depending upon what source of flower the bees have collected the nectar from? The next time you go to the grocery store, check out a container of honey. Take a moment to read the label, some honey brands will list the actual flowers the honey was derived from, for instance, orange blossom or perhaps clover. There are over 300 kinds of honey produced around the world. I bet you have a favorite.
For the most part, I just purchase my favorite brand of honey and don't particularly look for what flower it was made from. After a little research, I realized that there are many kinds of honey and that the taste, color, and thickness can vary due to the type of honey it is. Traditionally most honey you will find on your supermarket shelves are created from a mixture of flowers, with the actual brand name of the type honey being that of the dominant flower used to create the honey. Honey that has been harvested from a single type of flower is rare and will be sold at a higher cost.
Here in America, consumers tend to traditionally purchase honey that is less expensive, that has been harvested either from Orange Blossoms or clover. However, other countries have their favorites. For instance, in France, the consumer prefers honey that was harvested from the lavender flower, and the people of Greece prefer honey that has been harvested from wild thyme.
There are so many kinds of honey
Categories Of Honey
Let's explore a few of the most popular kinds of honey, and maybe learn what makes one type of honey different from another. Most of us think of honey as a sweet, golden liquid, that taste good when added to a cup of tea. However, honey can be in many different forms. There are so many kinds of honey, all having their own unique taste, color, and thickness.
1.Comb Honey (honeycomb honey) The most common form of honey is liquid. Liquid honey is made from crystals found in raw honey, these crystals are centrifuged until the honey is broken down into a liquid form.
2..Chunk Honey raw honey.
3.Creamed or whipped Honey.All honey in time will crystallize Whipped honey, sometimes referred to as creamed honey can be found in supermarkets in a crystallized product form.
4.Comb honey in a jar with liquid honey added to the jar.
5..Directly collected from the hive honey-filled beeswax comb ( as stored naturally by the bees.)
6..Naturally Crystallized - Honey that has over time naturally crystallized.
7.Comb Honey (honeycomb honey still in the cone)
Different Kinds Of Honey
Orange blossom honey - It taste wonderful, and smells good too!
Orange Blossom Honey
Orange blossom honey is a honey that is often a combination of nectar that the bees have collected from several citrus sources. The color of Orange Blossom honey can vary, however most often light in color. The flavor of Orange Blossom honey will, as a rule, tend to be very light and mild, with the fresh under taste of orange citrus. One very pleasant trait of Orange Blossom is its wonderful orange scent. Orange Blossom honey is produced here in America, most often it is produced in Florida, Texas, and Southern California. Orange Blossom honey is moderately priced and can be purchased at most supermarkets.
Wildflower honey is honey that the bees have collected the raw nectar from a wide variety of wildflowers. It's thicker, and the color is darker than most honey. The taste will vary, according to the mix of flowers the nectar was collected from. The scent is strong. One other thing that bears mentioning, Wildflower honey is rich in vitamins, and antioxidants. So, it's good for you.
Alfalfa honey is honey that the bees have collected nectar from purple flowers. It's light in color, with an often mild flavor, as well as a mild scent.
Alfalfa honey is most often produced in Canada and the United States. Alfalfa honey has a very light spicy taste, although its delicate taste doesn't overpower other flavors when used in cooking. It's commonly used by chefs in baking recipes. Alfalfa honey is also a favorite for tea lovers, a little bit in tea will give the cup a bit of spicy taste.
Avocado honey is produced mainly in California from avocado blossoms. Avocado honey is dark in color and has a rich, somewhat buttery taste. Avocado honey is dark in color and has a strong scent one would associates with a darker brand of honey.
Clover Honey Originated from Canada and New Zealand. However, Clover Honey is one type of honey that is widely produced right here in the United States. It is actually one of the most affordable honey on the market.
Clover honey has a nice mild taste and is the most popular honey used today. It can be found in most local supermarkets. Clover honey is considered to be a classic honey, that has a pleasingly mild taste. Clover honey does have a bit of an aftertaste. It's widely used by chefs to add flavor to light sauces, and salad dressings. It goes without saying that Clover honey is great to use in any baking recipe that calls for honey.
The bees collect the nectar from the little white flowers of the blueberry bush, this nectar makes a honey which is a light amber color, and has a full rounded robust flavor. Blueberry honey is produced in New England and Michigan. This honey does actually leave an aftertaste of fresh blueberries. It is affordable and somewhat cheaper than most honey.
Eucalyptus honey - It's good for what ails you !
Eucalyptus honey comes from Australia and is also produced in California. Eucalyptus honey comes from nectar that was collected from the larger plant genera. Which this family of plants is known to have over 500 distinct species, which many are hybrids. Eucalyptus honey can vary in color, as well as flavor. However, Eucalyptus honey tends to be a strong flavored honey, with a somewhat medicinal taste and scent. Some varieties are known to have a slight undertaste of herbs. Eucalyptus honey is thought by some to be a good remedy to ward off colds and decrease headache pain. It is widely used in making home health remedies.
Fireweed honey - This one is so good in BBQ sauces.
This is one of the more popular teas. Fire-weed honey is made from nectar that has been collected from a tall perennial herb grown in the open woods of North West United States. Fire-weed plants grow wild in the woods and can reach a height of three to five feet, the flowers are pinkish in color, this is where the Fireweed honey picks up its pink color from Its texture is very smooth, and it has a delicate, buttery taste. It's great for tea, as well as cooking. Fireweed honey is great in recipes that call for honey, especially good when added to glazes, and BBQ sauces recipes.
Manuka honey - This type of honey can be costly, due to its nectar being collected from a pollution free environment.
Manuka honey, is produced in New Zealand, is used as a natural product both internally and topically on the skin Manuka honey nectar is collected from the Tea Tree bushes in a part of New Zealand that is considered to have a pollution free environment. This natural form of honey has an antibacterial property which is felt to be effective for healing of stomach ulcer, sore throats, colds, indigestion, and even acne. The honey is known to have a strong "medicinal taste", and a very robust flavor.
Sage honey- Wonderful in tea, known to help sooth stomach problems
Buckwheat honey can be costly ... However, it's so good for you!
Sage honey, primarily a product in California. It has a light color, it's thick, smooth, and has a mildly sweet flavor. The scent has a slight sage undertone. It's slow to granulate, and this property makes it a favorite among honey packers for blending with other honey to slow down granulation.
Buckwheat honey is produced in Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin as well as in eastern Canada. It's can be hard to find, and also more costly than most other honey. One reason might be is that Buckwheat honey has been found to contain more antioxidant compounds than most other kinds of honey. It is a dark, full-bodied honey, and very rich in iron. These healthful qualities make it a popular honey for consumers. Buckwheat honey is perhaps the strongest and darkest types of honey.
Tupelo honey - it's known for its sweetness, and green glow?
Tupelo honey is a premium honey produced in northwest Florida. The bees collect the nectar from several different types of trees found in Tupelo Florida. Tupelo honey is a heavy bodied very thick honey, with a clear yellow in color, with a notable greenish glow. It has a mild, distinctive taste. Due to the high fructose content in Tupelo honey, it is known to granulates very slowly.
Because of this high fructose content, Tupelo honey is one known to be one of the sweetest honey varieties.
While different types of honey are available, most honey, especially honey supplied in bulk, is blended to create a unique and consistent taste and color.